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September 11, 2009
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The Explosive Growth of High School Based Dual Credit in Stark and Wayne Counties
Advancing College Opportunity Dual Credit Report
Over 1,600 students, across 21 school districts in Stark and Wayne Counties, took courses at their home high schools earning them both high school and college credit during the 2008-09 academic year.
That number underscores the "explosive growth" of dual credit in the region from an initial enrollment of 55 students during the summer of 2007 when the state first funded high school based dual credit courses under House Bill 115. The potential savings in future college tuition for students and families is estimated to be in excess of $2,000,000.
These results are from a new study, Advancing College Opportunity: An Impact Evaluation of the Growth of Dual Credit in Stark and Wayne Counties, Ohio, released by the Stark Education Partnership today.
Students enrolled in ninety high school based dual credit classes that met full college standards. Classes were taught by 60 high school teachers, who qualified as adjuncts with seven institutions of higher education.
One thousand two hundred and ninety-four of the 1,612 students were based in Stark County. Over 80% of all students earned a grade of "B" or better in their coursework. Overall, students earned in excess of 5,000 transferable college credit hours.
Study findings support the notion that high school based dual credit is a new concept advancing college opportunity for greater numbers of students in both counties. Significantly, over half the students taking courses had no prior experience with any other early college opportunity during their high school career and the growth of dual credit is not displacing other opportunities such as AP courses or College Tech Prep.
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The Stark Education Partnership, Inc., is a 501(c)-3 non-profit education reform support organization in Stark County, Ohio crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The Partnership collaborates with educators, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education.

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